'''''Playboy''''' is an American men's Lifestyle magazine|lifestyle
and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner
and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother.
Notable for its centerfold
s of nude
s), ''Playboy'' played an important role in the sexual revolution
and remains one of the world's best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises|Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
, with a presence in nearly every medium.
In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special #International editions|nation-specific versions
of ''Playboy'' are published worldwide.
The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by notable novelists such as Arthur C. Clarke